Does any news about Listary 6 suggest that it will get something akin to FARR's powerful alias system?I wondered about that as well.
FARR and Listary are not the same things though, so a comparison is difficult. It rather depends on one's requirements.
Very much so.
From my perspective as an existing FARR user: I had trialled Listary for a couple of years out of interest and for comparison with FARR, but eventually dumped Listary, though the latter worked OK.
I'm a long-term registered user of Listary, since (I think) the first time it was on Bits du Jour. I'm still using Listary 4 on my old laptop. In fact Listary had all the features I really wanted by version 3. I tend to 'live inside' my file manager, Total Commander, and Listary's magic ability to point a standard Windows dialog box to whatever directory was active in TC was worth the price of entry on its own. I haven't used Listary's global search abilities; I occasionally use Everything, but rarely need global search.
By contrast, I more or less dumped FARR about ten years ago, when I realised
a) it had a 20 Mb footprint; I know people act as if disk space is infinite, but it seemed an awful lot for a launcher, the more so as the first PC I ever used (in 1988) only had a 20 Mb hard disk. For everything.
b) At that time I only seemed to use about 30 programs on a regular basis, very easy to put into a standard launcher, and anything else could be found and launched via Total Commander. As launcher I chose Horst Schaeffer's PopSel
. My current laptop's PopSel menus have almost 200 items, plus the System menu included in the archive, and occupies about 210 Kb. I would probably have liked SlickRun a lot if I'd found it earlier.
c) I didn't want to wrestle with FARR's alias system.
Listary met my requirements for searches, but otherwise seemed annoyingly idiosyncratic and intrusive, popping up when I didn't need it and nagging me to buy a licence for the full version. The most useful thing about it for me was the search functionality, but I preferred Everything Search for that.
I stuck with FARR rather than Listary, because in general it better suits my peculiar needs/purposes
Your "peculiar needs/purposes" rubbing up against Listary's "idiosyncrasies" sounds like the pot calling the kettle black... It might be nice if Listary's default was not
to pop up except for opted-in programs, but I suppose that would defeat the object. I don't know the behaviour of the free version, but after two years
of trialling I think it's entitled to a nag screen. Listary is still only $19.95 at full price - for me, one of the best software deals around - and comes up on Bits du Jour now and again at even less.
[FARR] is portable (used on all the PCs I support)
Listary has a portable version, listed on the download page. If the PCs you support are for work, though, you'd need registered copies for each.
FARR having a comprehensive range of options, settings, plugins)
Intimidatingly so, especially for new or casual users, or anyone in a hurry...